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How Cameroonian families are grappling to make ends meet

An average family in Cameroon is challenged by a plethora of problems, despite the natural endowment of the country.

However, as the country joins the international community to commemorate the 2018 International Day of the Family, which was predicated on the theme:  “Families and Inclusive societies”, decided to probe into how some families in the South West Region of Cameroon are surviving despite the odds.

30-year-old Eyebe Perpertua, a denizen of Mundemba, Ndian Division, said she and her family survive on a dollar daily. “This has made life very difficult for my family and I to feed. I equally find it very difficult to provide for the day-to-day needs of my children.”

A family surviving on less than a dollar a day

She said life has become a nightmare to her so much so that she often faults herself for bring forth children which she cannot adequately take care of.

Another mother of two children, who lives in a small plank house with no lights and no comfortable bed, who was once married recounted that her husband abandoned her because of cultural differences and hardship.

“I have been left to cater for these children without any steady source of income. All I do is all sorts of menial jobs to earn a living. I wash dresses for people, clean their houses and a lot more. I have been exposed to all sorts of health challenges, but I must work hard to feed my children.”

In a bit to reduce the cost of living, Perpetua takes her bath and drinking water from an untreated stream behind her house. She is hoping that if her children get the best of education, they will be great people in future.

Perpetua’s life experience is just one of those cases people encounter every day, but the way people react to them is what makes a difference.

As part of the celebration of this International Day of the Family, the Regional Delegation of Women Employment and the Promotion of the Family organised a mass marriage ceremony or unmarried men and women.

It would be recalled that the International Day of the Family provides an opportunity to promote awareness of issues affecting families and also to increase awareness on the social, economic and demographic problems affecting families.